September, 07 2022

⚖️ Oath Keepers Outed

The Anti-Defamation League Center on Extremism and the transparency collective Distributed Denial of Secrets partnered to release a comprehensive list of members of the right-wing extremist group the Oath Keepers. The list revealed that hundreds of the members are politicians, law enforcement officers, and members of the military.

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⚖️ Texas Rules on PrEP

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas Judge Reed O'Connor ruled against an Obamacare provision that requires employers to provide coverage for STIs and HIV care and prevention. The provision was challenged in the Texas court on the grounds that it violates the employer's religious freedoms.

⚖️ Steve Bannon To Surrender Himself

Steve Bannon is expected to turn himself over to New York authorities on Thursday and face a new criminal charge for his role in the crowdfunding campaign to 'Build the Wall' between Mexico and the U.S., which he and other conspirators used to enrich their own pockets. Trump pardoned Bannon in an earlier iteration of the charges, but New York District Attorney Alvin Bragg is pursuing charges again.

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⚖️ Nuclear Secrets Stored at Mar-a-Lago

A report was published today about the documents seized from the August 8th raid on Mar-a-Lago revealed that amongst the boxes were documents that contained information about foreign nations' nuclear capabilities. The report also reveals that the documents were so classified that even national security officials with the highest security clearance possible were unaware of their existence.

💻 New Ring Encryptions

Ring is a home security company owned by Amazon that has come under fire for its data practices and privacy policy. Now, they are offering end-to-end encryption of video and audio on their battery-powered video doorbells and security cameras. Users who opt in will be able to restrict who has access to the data from the Camera to just two devices and prevent the company from sharing the footage with law enforcement without their consent.

💻 Apple Event Details

At Apple's 'Far Out' event today, the company announced the newest Apple Watches, AirPods and debuted the iPhone 14.

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💻 Obamas Unveil Official Portraits

Former President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama returned to The White House today to unveil their official portraits. Robert McCurdy, known for his hyperrealistic style, painted Barack Obama and Sharon Sprung painted Michelle. The ceremony is the first unveiling in ten years after Trump discontinued the long-running tradition. The two were also reunited with President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden.

💻 At War Over Call of Duty

PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan revealed that Microsoft, who is in the process of acquiring the maker of Call of Duty, offered to keep the game on PlayStation for three years beyond the current agreed contract between Activision Blizzard and Sony. The CEO of Microsoft Gaming, Phil Spencer, had claimed earlier this week that Xbox and PlayStation had inked a deal to keep Call of Duty on the platform for \"at least several more years\" past the previously agreed date when it was actually three. The exchange sparked gamers' attention when Jim Ryan spoke out about the reality of the deal.

🍿 Peek into Babylon

Director Damien Chazelle released the first look into his epic Hollywood story, Babylon, which comes out in December. The film stars Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, and Diego Calva as they galavant through old Hollywood's glitz and glamour.

🍿 New Trailer, New Styles

The new trailer for 'My Policeman' starring Emma Corrin, David Dawson, and Harry Styles debuted today. The plot follows the three, who are entangled in a love triangle when Styles and Dawson begin a romantic relationship. Styles received mixed reviews for his role in 'Don't Worry Darling,' so the trailer is generating a lot of buzz.

🍿 Frances Tiafoe Advances

Frances Tiafoe is heading to the semifinals in the US Open after defeating Andrey Rublev in straight sets. He is the first American man to make the US Open semifinals since 2006.

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Stephen Cina, an Adams County, Colorado coroner, released an amended autopsy report today. The amended autopsy lists Elijah McClain's cause of death as an overdose of ketamine, which was administered by officers who forcibly restrained McClain in a chokehold as he was walking home from a convenience store in 2019.
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Friday, September 23, 2022

New Autopsy Results Released

Stephen Cina, an Adams County, Colorado coroner, released an amended autopsy report today. The amended autopsy lists Elijah McClain's cause of death as an overdose of ketamine, which was administered by officers who forcibly restrained McClain in a chokehold as he was walking home from a convenience store in 2019.
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Finally amended

  • McClain was just 23-year-old when he was killed.
  • When the Aurora, Colorado police department did an investigation in 2019, it found no policy violations but an independent investigation ruled that the officers had no basis to use any sort of force on McClain.
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The context
An appeals court dealt former president Donald Trump's legal team a significant blow, ruling that the DOJ can resume reviewing the documents seized from Mar-a-Lago and rejecting Trump's argument that he declassified the documents, saying that even if he had, the documents still belong to the government.
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Friday, September 23, 2022

Yet Another Special Master Hiccup

An appeals court dealt former president Donald Trump's legal team a significant blow, ruling that the DOJ can resume reviewing the documents seized from Mar-a-Lago and rejecting Trump's argument that he declassified the documents, saying that even if he had, the documents still belong to the government.
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Too much for one master

  • Judge Raymond Dearie has proposed that former Magistrate Judge James Orenstein help him complete the review of the documents seized from Mar-a-Lago.
  • Dearie also gave Trump's legal team until September 30th to back up their claim that the FBI planted evidence at Mar-a-Lago with an itemized list of documents they believe were planted.
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Can go criminal

  • A federal appeals court ruled that the DOJ can resume reviewing the documents seized from Mar-a-Lago and they can use them in a criminal investigation into Trump.
  • The ruling repeals an earlier ruling by Trump-appointed judge Aileen Cannon.
  • Trump nominated two of the three 11th Circuit judges that ruled on the DOJ appeal.
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Police in San Francisco, CA, can now watch private security camera feeds in real-time after the city board approved the measure, which the ACLU opposed.
Police in San Francisco, CA, can now watch private security camera feeds in real-time after the city board approved the measure, which the ACLU opposed.
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Real time access

  • The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to grant Police access to private surveillance cameras.
  • Police can access the feeds in real-time without the owner's consent.
  • The department won't have constant access but will be able to tap into the feeds.
  • SF Mayor London Breed said the measure is necessary to curb rising crime.
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Privacy concerns

  • The vote was split 7-4 and shocked many residents of the predominately liberal city with the ruling.
  • Advocates for the measure said that it was high time that the relaxed board passed measures to help curb crime.
  • The pilot program will run for 15 months before the supervisors vote again on whether to extend or end the program.
  • Police can access cameras for up to 24 hours if a captain signs off that the surveillance is being used for an investigation or in the case of emergencies where lives are at stake.
  • The ACLU opposed the program because it violates the privacy of private citizens who own security cameras.
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